Media Advisory: Media Advisory: Spring Hope Resident promoted to Brig. Gen.

What: The North Carolina National Guard (NCNG) will promote one of their senior leaders to the rank of Brigadier General.


When:  Friday, January 24, 2 p.m.

Where:  N.C. National Guard Joint Force Headquarters, 1636 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh, N.C.

Media Contact on Site:  Sgt. 1st Class Robert Jordan, office: (919) 664-6590; cell: (252) 916-0028           

Special Instructions:  Media interested in covering the event Friday should contact the NCNG Public Affairs Office to RSVP. Interested media should arrive NLT 1:45 p.m. in order to become oriented with ceremony location and setup equipment.  An NCNG PAO representative will be on site to facilitate interviews; NCNG Soldiers and/or families will be available for interviews after the ceremony is completed. The event will last approximately one hour. NCNG PAO will provide high-resolution photos after the event at



N.C. Guardsman to be Promoted to Brig. Gen.

The North Carolina National Guard will promote Army Col. John Byrd to the rank of brigadier general at the NCNG Joint Force Headquarters here scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24.

Byrd, a resident of Spring Hope, N.C., enlisted in the NCNG in 1981. Since that time, Col. Byrd has held numerous leadership positions from platoon to corps level. He deployed overseas in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In his civilian capacity Byrd is a special Agent in Charge with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and serves as a Forensic Scientist Manager in the State Crime Laboratory.

Byrd received his commission in 1984 from Campbell University, where he earned a B.S. degree in Biology. Byrd is also a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced courses, Joint Domestic Operations and Joint Commander’s Training Course, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Command and General Staff Officer Course, and the U.S. Army War College with a Master of Strategic Studies.

The NCNG Public Affairs Office will help to facilitate interviews per request at the conclusion of the ceremony.



Contact: Capt. Rick Scoggins
Phone: (919) 664-6308

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